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Lieberman: DADT Negotiations With Collins Continue 'In Good Faith'

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Lieberman says that it's "now more clear than ever that we have 60 or more votes in support of repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'" That means the fate of the ban on gay and lesbian servicemembers in the military rests on working out the cloture process for the defense spending bill that includes the DADT repeal language. The process would have to play out in a way that will appease Collins -- who wants "unlimited" time for debate -- and thus secure her vote to move the bill forward to final consideration.

"We are making progress toward an agreement to move forward on the defense bill that includes the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and I remain confident that we can reach an agreement, which is necessary before any vote on the motion to reconsider is taken," Lieberman said. "I am working closely with Senator Reid and Senator Collins and other members who want to reach a fair and reasonable agreement to move the defense authorization bill that that is so essential to the needs of our troops, veterans, and their families."